After School Club

Balsall Common Primary School - Newburgh Primary School

This provision is provided for parents who work extended hours and is known as the 'Pathways Kidzone'. The after-school clubs are on school sites with access to school facilities. The clubs are structured, yet less formal than school, with an emphasis on relaxing and playing together. Children are expected to behave with consideration to others and feel a sense of belonging to the group. We encourage a sense of pride in attending and offer at least one planned activity each evening. Children have plenty of choice from a wide range of resources as we want this to be a home from home. A limited amount of appropriate TV or DVD may be watched.

FOOD AND DRINK

All children are offered a snack on arrival e.g. crackers, cheese, fruit or breadsticks.

A light tea, normally cold, is provided at 5.00 p.m. However, this is only for children who are booked in from school finish until 6.00 p.m. This is intended to keep children satisfied until they eat their hot meal with their family at home and not a full meal. In the winter months we may, subject to availability, provide a light, warm tea for example, soup or beans on toast, pancakes or crumpets. 

At Balsall Common, hot meals can be provided from the school kitchen at additional cost. Alternatively, a more substantial packed meal can be provided by the parents.  Food provided by parents will not normally be heated up in Balsall Common after school club. 

There is no facility at Newburgh Kidzone for the purchase of hot meals. Parents are therefore advised to ensure that children have hot school dinners during the school day. If staying until 6.00 p.m. parents may send in a more substantial packed meal/tea if children are not going to eat when they return home. In winter months (November - February), as a gesture of good will, staff may occasionally heat up, in microwave only, food provided by parent, if it is in the original packaging with clear written instructions.

Kidzone staff  may not reheat pasta, rice or other foods as these food are unsuitable for reheating. Food hygiene regulations must be met. Food sent in by parents, which is deemed to put children at risk e.g. cold take away leftovers, Mc Donalds, pasta with no instructions etc. will not be reheated. We reserve the right to refuse to serve or reheat food provided by parents unless it is 100% clear that it is safe to do so. 

There is a minimum booking of 2 sessions a week in before and after school. Spaces are limited and priority is given to those requiring 5 sessions.

The club has special events throughout the year for example Christmas Party or Circus Skills or a Cinema/ Bowling Trip.

Typical Routine

3.30 - 4.15 Register, drink, fruit/snack and free play (indoors)

4.15 - 5.00 Structured and child-led activities- crafts, sports, games, ICT, adventure play, music...  (indoors and out)

5.00 - 5.30  Light tea (provided for children staying until 6.00 p.m.) or Hot Meal (Purchased)

5.30 - 6.00  TV, tidy up, outdoor play, stories, table top games... 

The club is very active and the afternoon the only complaint is they don't want to go home!